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Clinic In Tulsa To Remain Open
9:20 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Prediction: Two Of Three Abortion Clinics To Close

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says two of Oklahoma's three abortion providers could be shut down under a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mary Fallin. The measure takes effect November 1.

The new law requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion if performed.  Planned parenthood says Reproduction Services in Tulsa is the only abortion provider in the state that meets the requirement.

Planned Parenthood staff attorney Tamya Cox tells the Tulsa World that abortion providers in Oklahoma City and Norman don't currently have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, as required under the new law.

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Thunder Lose in Overtime
8:20 am
Sun June 1, 2014

OKC Thunder Out of the Playoffs

Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
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The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime on Saturday night. The Thunder out-scored the Spurs in the fourth quarter 32-22 to tie the game at the end of regular play, but the Spurs topped the Thunder 11 points to 6 in overtime to clinch the win.

For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook had 34 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals.  Kevin Durant added 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder. Oklahoma City overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Take KGOU With You Wherever You Go!

KGOU's mobile web site on Karen's phone.
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June 1, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m touring KGOU’s services in digital spaces.  Start with the web page at KGOU!  Of course the local news and programs from KGOU are there, plus NPR news, but the Calendar section of local non-profit events is amazing. 

There is an easy way to view the site on your mobile phone or tablet, and an RSS feed for each of KGOU’s regular features.  Stay here and look around, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feeds, listen to the live stream, and make a donation.

KGOU also maintains Facebook pages for KGOU News, the Weekend Blues, and Indian Times, and Twitter feeds for KGOU News and World Views.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:43 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

To Get Permit In Earthquake Zone, Disposal Well Operator Agrees To Extra Monitoring

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An oil company seeking to build a disposal well in earthquake-prone Logan County has agreed to record additional pressure and volume measurements to get a permit from the state’s oil and gas regulator.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday voted 2-0 to approve the disposal well for Kansas-based Slawson Exploration. Commissioner Dana Murphy abstained from the vote “saying she wanted to wait until more seismic data was available,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

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State Capitol
5:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Pension Overhaul Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that ends the traditional pension retirement system for newly hired state employees in favor of a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

Fallin signed the measure into law on Friday. The bill moves future state employees from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan similar to private sector plans.

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World Views
4:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Secret To Improving U.S.-Middle East Relations? More Idol, Dancing With The Stars

Arabic mega-star Samira Said during her July 8, 2011 performance on the Arabic talent show Star Academy in Beirut.
Samira Said Wikimedia Commons

Media played a significant role in organizing the protests that spread like wildfire across the Middle East in 2011. But as Islamists put a stake in the ground and solidified their claim to Arab society and culture, Lebanon largely remained insulated from the effects of the Arab Spring.

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Indian Times
3:09 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

6 Things To Know About This Year’s Red Earth Festival

Fancy Dancers
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Thursday, June 5, marks the beginning of Red Earth Festival, now in its 28th year. And this year marks a new direction and new location for the 3 day festival.

HISTORY:

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Gross Production Tax
2:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

VIDEO: StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz On Oil And Gas Incentives

StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz appeared on OETA-The ​Oklahoma Network's Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss a possible constitutional challenge to the controversial tax incentive for oil and gas wells, which Gov. Mary Fallin signed this week.

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was last updated in 2010
8:06 am
Fri May 30, 2014

ODOT Asking For Feedback On Long Range Transportation Plan

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Oklahomans will get a chance to offer input during several meetings next month on what the state's transportation plan should look like for the next 25 years.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is asking for feedback as it prepares the state's Long Range Transportation Plan for 2015-2040.

Public meetings are scheduled June 10 in Muskogee, June 11 in Moore and June 12 in Clinton.

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will add eight officers
7:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Oklahoma City Schools To Increase Security

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Elementary schools in Oklahoma City will have additional security when classes resume in August.

The school district and the Oklahoma City Police Department have announced plans to add eight officers to support elementary schools.

The officers will rotate through the district's 55 elementary schools and offer support when campuses need increased security. Four officers will be in place for the start of school on Aug. 4. The remaining officers will be added in January 2015.

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